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Orioles minor league rundown 8/18: Three winners out of four ain't bad

Tuesday in the Orioles minors, a couple of ninth inning rallies proved to be crucial, and all the way down in Delmarva, the big boy, Jomar Reyes, kept on doing his thing.

Eddie Gamboa in action back in spring training.
Eddie Gamboa in action back in spring training.
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Norfolk Tides 4, Indianapolis (Pirates) 3

The two teams had a 1-1 game going into the seventh inning when everybody decided they wanted to score one run at a time. Both the Tides and the Knights scored a run each in the seventh and eighth innings, with Norfolk grabbing the lead in the top of the ninth when Sharlon Schoop, brother of Jonathan, drew a bases loaded walk to push a run across. It was the Tides' third walk of the inning.

Knuckler Eddie Gamboa worked long relief in the game, pitching four innings in which he only gave up a run. That came on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts, which is a good game for Gamboa. There were also two wild pitches, probably because catcher Rossmel Perez is not used to catching the knuckle ball. Nor are any of us, really. The Admiral, Oliver Drake, pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth, with no one reaching base and two batters striking out against him. Drake picked up his 22nd save and lowered his Norfolk ERA to 0.68.

Bowie Baysox 4, Trenton (Yankees) 3

Bowie actually trailed this game, 3-2, heading into the bottom of the ninth, but they were able to put together a rally to walk off the Thunder. David Freitas led off the inning with his eighth home run of the year to tie things up, then with one out, the Baysox loaded the bases with a single, walk, single combination before Corban Joseph, brother of Caleb, sent everybody home with the game-winning single. Every Bowie starter had at least one hit except for the recently-promoted Chance Sisco, 2013's second round pick, who went hitless for the first time in four games.

It was a good day on the mound for The Gunk, Joe Gunkel, who pitched seven innings and held Trenton to five hits and a walk. They touched him up for three runs, two earned, with the unearned run coming as the result of an error made by right fielder Brandon Snyder - yes, that Brandon Snyder. Gunkel's season ERA with Bowie is now 2.79. Not a bad showing by a guy the O's received for someone who had been DFA'd.

Lynchburg (Cubs) 8, Frederick Keys 2

Neither one had much impact on this game, but here are two real player names on the Hillcats: Yhoxian Medina and Dorssys Paulino. As for the Keys, well, they had their share of chances, with nine hits, four walks, and two errors giving them runners. Some days you're the bug and some days you're the windshield. That's pretty much it.

Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Lakewood (Phillies) 2

The Keys might have been the bug, but one level lower, the Shorebirds were a windshield. The big boy Jomar Reyes went 2-4 with two doubles, scoring two runs and driving in one for Delmarva. The 18-year-old has played 76 games with Delmarva in his first taste of full-season ball and is batting .272/.322/.420. It may be almost OK to get a little excited about his future potential.

For Delmarva, starter Josh Walker had a good outing, tossing 6.2 innings while giving up two runs on six hits and two walks. Walker struck out seven men, a season high for him, and lowered his season ERA to 3.38. Not a bad showing by last year's 22nd round pick, who will probably get a chance to show what he's got a level above next season.

Aberdeen IronBirds - OFF (New York-Penn League All-Star Game)

The North All-Stars beat the South All-Stars 4-2 in a game that was played in Aberdeen. The two IronBirds representatives were on the South team. Pitcher Ryan Meisinger tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the South, a better outing than most alternatives.

Wednesday's Schedule

Norfolk: vs. Columbus, 7:05. Starter: Terry Doyle

Bowie: vs. Trenton, 7:05. Starter: Nick Additon

Frederick: at Lynchburg, 6:30. Starter: David Hess

Delmarva: at Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Tanner Chleborad

Aberdeen: vs. Staten Island, 6:00. Starter: TBD (will also resume game from 7/10)

For complete box scores from Tuesday's games, including the adventures of the GCL Orioles and both DSL Orioles teams, check out here.